The Department of Interior and Local Government said it will re-hire 15,000 contact tracers nationwide for the next six months to ensure the continued fight of the government against the coronavirus disease.
This developed as DILG’s P1.9 billion budget for the hiring of CTs in 2021 has been approved by the Department of Budget and Management.
“While the country’s COVID-19 response is significantly improving, we should sustain our contact tracing efforts especially with the reported entry of the new UK variant into the country,” Interior Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said.
“Hence, we are pleased that we have been given the funds to re-hire some 15,000 CTs this year who will continue to help us track down, monitor coronavirus cases, and cut transmission in the community,” he added.
Malaya also said that while the Department would have wanted to rehire all the 50,000 CTs it engaged last year, budget limitations hinder it from hiring the same number of CTs this year.
The DILG will utilize P1.4-billion that constitutes the unreleased balance from RA 11519 or the extension of the validity of appropriations under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act. This will supplement the P500-million that has been allocated for the hiring of CTs in the 2021 General Appropriations Act.
Malaya said the National Capital Region (2,381), Region III (1,504) and Region VII (1,417) top the list of regions which will rehire the most number of CTs this year based on the prorated quota for 2021 hiring of contact tracers. The quota is based on the number of active cases in a particular region.
He added that the Department also plans to rehire 1,264 CTs in CALABARZON; 1,052 in Region IX; 974 in Region VI; 813 in Region XI; 856 in Region V; 634 in Region X, 510 CTs in BARMM; and 501 CTs in Region 1.
Another 451 CTs will be hired in MIMAROPA;433 in Region VIII; 352 in Region II; and 267 Cordillera Administrative Region.